The San Antonio Spurs will travel to Detroit tonight for the Pistons first game without head coach Maurice Cheeks.
Cheeks was fired by the team over the weekend for a succession of poor results which have left the Pistons behind in the playoff race.
"I respect and appreciate Maurice Cheeks and thank him for his efforts; we just require a different approach," team owner Tom Gores said.
Assistant coach John Loyer is expected to take temporary charge of the team tonight with a permanent coach to be decided on in the off-season.
Meanwhile the San Antonio Spurs go from strength to strength, winning four out of five games despite struggling from injuries on an Eastern road trip.
The team are now second in the conference and trail only the Oklahoma City Thunder for pole position in the west.
Patty Mills claimed that everyone on the team has stepped up during their recent run:
"It's important for all of us to step up, whether you're in the backcourt or not," Mills said. "We have managed to do OK without (Ginobili and Parker). Everyone has been able to collectively step up."
The Spurs incidentally have the league's best road record at 19-6. They have beaten the Pistons six times in their last eight meetings.
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